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Black Bear XX Stout - Alameda Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
88
very good

190 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Smooth, rich and creamy. Rye malt blends with roast and chocolate malts to create a new and delicious stout profile, balanced with soft and velvety hops. This northwest original is poured using the traditional nitrogen dispensing method, so it may take an extra minute to arrive, but the wait is worth it. The Black Bear won the Gold Medal at the 2003 GABF in the foreign-style stout category."

6.8% ABV 50 IBU

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 02-20-2004)
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Reviews by Bfarr:
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Bfarr

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark viscous brown and thin brown head with good retention. Coffee, herbs, and chocolate aromas with a hint of orange peel. Flavor follows with a light roasted linger that deepens gradually with traces of cocoa. Creamy medium-bodied feel.

A complex and flavorful stout, this is not one to have several of but to sit back, sip, and enjoy. Its feel is smooth enough to compliment the taste and the roasted bittering is not overpowering. A well-done beer to have from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 22:17:33 | More by Bfarr
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 31/7/14

A black with a deep cola edge, two fingers of dark mocha foam sits around for half the glass but leaves zero lace

S coco powder, chocolate milk, fennel, root beer, nutmeg, faint smoke, raisins, a strange combo but it works

T more of the same with more earthy notes and the roasts darker, much like the nose but stronger

M not as thick as the color would let you believe but still far from thin, bubbles cream it up, a little grit left behind, coco and ash linger

O respectable beer and I'd believe it was under 5%, no problems taking down the bomber but not the richest stout I've had recently

worth a try but another one of those 10$ bombers that I doubt I'd buy again based on price alone

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2014 04:41:41 | More by wordemupg
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

07-26-2014 15:47:52 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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PKS

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-23-2014 18:09:33 | More by PKS
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Stephen_Purdue

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-23-2014 00:10:42 | More by Stephen_Purdue
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger of tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, espresso bean, dark fruits (cherry), and molasses.

Taste - Hit up front with roasted malts, light burnt bitterness, hint of dark fruit and molasses.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall - A robust and dark stout that has very prominent roasted malt and light burnt bitterness characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 03:32:15 | More by leaddog
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-19-2014 04:16:13 | More by oriolesfan4
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karlhelser

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

06-17-2014 00:03:52 | More by karlhelser
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3/5  rDev -23.9%

06-08-2014 21:04:06 | More by leftoverburrito
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-07-2014 21:22:23 | More by andrenaline
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-07-2014 16:01:56 | More by HoppySeb
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craigreno

Oregon

3/5  rDev -23.9%

05-25-2014 06:07:25 | More by craigreno
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EROCK75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-20-2014 13:23:47 | More by EROCK75
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-11-2014 01:14:02 | More by joemcgrath27
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-24-2014 00:06:52 | More by Bilco
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rrski198

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-16-2014 15:55:30 | More by rrski198
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Wolberjs

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

03-08-2014 23:23:59 | More by Wolberjs
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-08-2014 04:14:24 | More by FadetoBock
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

02-22-2014 06:11:55 | More by Exeter
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-18-2014 04:37:28 | More by Sir_Goatman
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-25-2014 16:35:28 | More by schnarr84
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love trying new breweries and this is my first for Alameda. This could be a make or break for trying more of their beers.

Pours a very dark black with a big mocha head that sticks around for a bit and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is Coffee and chocolate with more dark roasty malt notes. A hint of fruit in there as well, cherry and plum.

Taste is very coffee like, with molasses, chocolate, bitter hops, and a lingering creaminess that is wonderful. It starts velvety with the cocoa and coffee, and then continues with a medium hop aspect that doesn't last, and then more coffee and toffee, malty in the end.

Mouthfeel is velvety, with medium carbonation.

Overall I like this and think I will try more from Alameda.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:54:16 | More by BastardKing24
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

01-08-2014 03:08:26 | More by powdersoldier
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I drank this stout at cellar temperature, in a snifter.

Named after the black bear, this is, appropriately, a black beer. And it's got a beautifully billowy beige head (two fingers high) that leaves flawless lacing as it recedes. Real pretty-like.

The aroma is a womp of chocolate milk, dark cocoa, and coffee. Traditional, straight-forward stout notes, burly in all the right places. Though there might also be a little pine and citrus mixed in, kind of like a black IPA.

All of that chocolate and ceffee fills the flavor big-time, with some great earthiness in the aftertaste. The middle is a bit tart in the way some stouts are.

It's pretty well-carbonated, maybe slightly too much. But it's a minor gripe, really.

I'd recommend anyone who likes stouts meet this bear.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 17:44:03 | More by Kuaff
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Oregon

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12-14-2013 03:37:28 | More by Greels
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Black Bear XX Stout from Alameda Brewhouse
88 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.